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The Miami Seaquarium

The Miami Seaquarium is the oldest oceanarium present in the United States which was established in 1955. It is the largest oceanarium capturing the area of 31 acres which is situated on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, Miami-Dade County, Florida, and United State as well as near the downtown Miami. This oceanariun is unique by its own features having not only marine mammals but also fish, sharks, sea turtles, birds, reptiles, and manatees also. Due to wide range of exhibits it is visited by more than 500,000 visitors every year which plays an important role in the collected revenue of the Miami.
This oceanarium was established by Fred D. Coppock and Captain W.B. Gray. From the beginning this oceanarium was the second attractive seaquarium present in South Florida. There are 225 employees recruited to maintain the every part of this large oceanarium. The uniqueness as well as the major exhibits which attract the huge number of people every year is discussed in the following:
1. Shark Channel: The shark channel is the central point of the attraction of the visitor from the beginning of the Miami Seaquarium. There are different species of sharks present in this section which also helps to make the shark presentation done by animal care specialists.
2. Manatees: This part of the seaquarium consists of Florida’s state marine mammals which visitors can observe face to face. It gives an opportunity to learn about the endangered animals also.
3. Tropical Fish Aquariums: Tropical Fish Aquariums have different type of marine fishes having unique characteristics which varies from the Florida lobsters living in local reefs to invasive red lion fish of Carrabin water but generally originated from pacific or Indian Ocean.
4. Stingray Exhibit: This is one of the major exhibit consisting of Southern and Cownose Stingrays which are kept in a touch pool having capacity of 10000 gallon water. Specific feeding sessions are provided by the concerned authority to feed the sting rays by the visitors.
5. Salty’s Pirate Playground: This is a wet and dry playground consists of two different label pirate ships of 31 feet by 27 feet located at the centre of the moat which is shark filled. The pirate ship featured with water blasters, cargo nets, padded areas and a spiral slide which is an enjoyable exhibit from two to twelve old children.
6. Tropical Reef: This is one of the favourite areas of the park visitors which are actually as 750,000 gallon saltwater aquarium consists of different types of tropical fishes of different colours and shapes.
7. Seal & Sea Lion: This is situated near the Golden Dome. In this area one can see seals and sea lions whole the day. Specific feeding hours is provided by the park authority for the visitors when the visitors can feed the seals as well as the sea lions.
8. Tropical Wings: There are different types of tropical birds like Cockatiels, Macaws, Flamingos and our resident peacock, Peeps present in this exhibit which amuse the visitors whole the day.
9. Crocodile Flats: This is the major exhibit for the Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus). This exhibit is made up of 32 tons of rock, 72 tons of beach sand, coconut and sable palm trees. One may see the fully grown 16 feet long crocodiles here weighs up to 1000 pounds. Fish, chicken and rabbit are usually used as food of these crocodiles.
This oceanarium is not only the place for the animal lovers but also it plays an important role to provide practical experience to the student of aquaculture management, fishery science as well as research workers also. You will surely gather a pleasant experience after visiting this seaquarium.

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General Admission: $42.99*
Child Admission (3-9 years): $33.99*
Hours
10:00am to 6:00pm
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